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GOLF

Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson threw tee shots in the Saudi-funded golf league on Thursday, and it wasn’t long before the PGA Tour declared its players who participated were no longer welcome , even though they had already resigned.

PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan has held a tough line on his promise that players can choose one tour or the other, but not both.

Those who had resigned from the PGA Tour – Graeme McDowell said he had done so 30 minutes before his departure – were no longer eligible on any PGA Tour circuit. Those who remained members, like Mickelson, were suspended.

SOFTBALL AT COLLEGE

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Kinzie Hansen and Grace Lyons hit three-run home runs, Jayda Coleman made two spectacular defensive plays and No. 1 seed Oklahoma beat unranked Texas 10-5 on Thursday night to claim her second straight Women’s College World Series title. title.

The Sooners (59-3) won the best of three series 2-0 after winning Game 1 16-1 on Wednesday. It was Oklahoma’s sixth overall championship and fifth in the last nine World Series.

Jocelyn Alo, two-time American college softball player of the year, was named MVP. She hit .667 for the tournament, tied Tiare Jennings for a World Series record five home runs, and set a World Series mark with 12 runs scored.

NBA

BOSTON (AP) — Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry says there’s no doubt he’ll play in Game 4 of the NBA Finals against Boston.

The two-time NBA MVP injured his ankle late in Game 3. Boston won 116-100 to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.

Curry says the injury is the same one he suffered in a season-ending game against the Celtics. He missed the last 12 games of the regular season, but he says the injury isn’t as serious.

Game 4 will take place in Boston on Friday night before the series returns to San Francisco.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The grandson of retired Michigan coach Lloyd Carr has committed to playing football at Notre Dame in 2024.

Saline High School quarterback CJ Carr announced his decision Thursday night. He is ranked 5th quarterback in the nation and 20th player overall in the 2024 class by 247Sports composite rankings.

Carr picked the Fighting Irish over the Wolverines, Georgia, LSU, Wisconsin and Michigan State.

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona basketball coach Tommy Lloyd has agreed to a five-year contract extension through 2027 after a successful first season in the desert.

The Arizona board approved the contract on Thursday, which gives Lloyd a $1 million raise next season and includes $19 million in total compensation.

The contract increases Lloyd’s base salary by $1.9 million to $2.9 million in 2022-23. He will also receive $100,000 escalators each year thereafter.

WNBA

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Lynx center Sylvia Fowles has a cartilage injury in her right knee and will be out indefinitely, a major setback for the seven-time All-Star in her final WNBA season.

The Lynx announced Thursday the results of an MRI scan on Fowles, who was injured Tuesday in their game against New York.

Fowles, 36, is averaging 16.5 points, 10.3 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.3 blocks. She leads the league in field goal percentage (64.1) and rebounds per game and until injury played in all 12 struggling Minnesota games (3-9).

SOCCER

LONDON (AP) — Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah was voted men’s player of the year by his fellow pros in England for the second time, while Chelsea striker Sam Kerr won the women’s award on Thursday.

Salah became just the seventh man to win the Professional Footballers’ Association award more than once after a season in which he scored 23 Premier League goals – tied for first with Son Heung – min from Tottenham – and had 14 assists.

Kerr was the Women’s Super League top scorer with 20 goals to help Chelsea to the title, with the team also winning the FA Cup. She is the first Australian player, male or female, to win this award. Harry Kewell won the Young Player of the Year award in 2000.

TENNIS

LONDON (AP) — Wimbledon will offer a record total of 40.3 million pounds ($50.5 million) in compensation to players, but singles champions will receive less than the pre-pandemic amount.

The prize money excluding per diem totals a record 38.9 million pounds ($48.8 million), the All England Club announced on Thursday. The winners of the men’s and women’s singles will each earn £2 million ($2.5 million), down 14.9% from 2019.

The overall price is an 11% increase from last year, when crowd capacity was reduced due to coronavirus restrictions, and a 5.4% increase from 2019.

LONDON (AP) — The ATP men’s professional tennis tour announced reforms on Thursday that include expanding five Masters 1000 events and sharing profits 50-50 between players and tournaments starting year round. next.

The changes approved by the ATP board also include an increase in prize money, all the result of more than two years of negotiations.

The “OneVision” phase one plan hopes to increase profits by bundling tournament revenue into ATP Media and tennis data innovations from the tour.

COURTS

NEW YORK (AP) — Lawyers for Ángel Hernández say Major League Baseball manipulated the umpire’s evaluations, renewing the allegation in an effort to restore the race discrimination lawsuit he lost last year .

Hernandez’s attorneys filed the lawsuit Tuesday with the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, seeking to overturn the summary judgment U.S. District Judge J. Paul Oetken granted to MLB in March 2021.

Hernández, born in Cuba, was hired as a big league referee in 1993. He sued in 2017, alleging he was discriminated against because he was not assigned to the World Series since 2005 and had been passed over for the position of team leader.

BELLINZONE, Switzerland (AP) — Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini have firmly reiterated their innocence as the two former soccer executives were questioned on day two of their criminal trial for FIFA fraud.

Blatter was due to give evidence on Opening Day on Wednesday, but the former FIFA president said he was bothered by chest pains and asked to respond the following morning.

Blatter’s 17-year reign as president ended in June 2015, when he stepped down amid a corruption scandal. A few months later, federal prosecutors in Switzerland revealed their investigation into a $2 million FIFA payment to Platini four years earlier.

OBITUARY

MILWAUKEE (AP) — George Thompson, who played for Marquette from 1967 to 1969 and remains one of the program’s all-time leading scorers, has died. He was 74 years old.

Marquette announced that Thompson died Wednesday at his home in Milwaukee due to complications from diabetes.

Thompson scored 1,773 points for Marquette and held the school’s career scoring record for 40 years. Thompson now ranks fourth on Marquette’s scoring list, behind Markus Howard, Jerel McNeal and Lazar Hayward.

He averaged 20.2 points during his Marquette career under coach Al McGuire. The team went 68-20 combined in Thompson’s three seasons.

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